Gifted and Talented programs are required in all public school districts. Information about program requirements can be found in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students in English or in Spanish.
..."gifted and talented students" means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
If you have questions about the information in the state plan, the Advanced Academic division of the Texas Education Agency has published a question and answer document regarding frequent questions.